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interview. check it out with the lovely christine romans. i have great news for you. we have another hour. "early start" continues right now. i will mount a vigorous defense in court to clear my name. >> a sitting congress member incited for insider trading creating another midterm headache for the gop. trying to trap him into perjury because you don't have a case. >> president trump's lawyers rejecting robert mueller's terms for a sit-down interview in the russia investigation. the kremlin is responding to a new round of u.s. sanctions on russia. we go live to moscow. do you know how this fire started? >> i have no idea. i was asleep. >> police say that man started a destructive california wildfire that is still raging out of control. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans.
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>> i'm phil mattingly. in for dave briggs. it is thursday, august 9th. congratulations, you are on the back half of the week. representative chris collins refusing to step down after indictment on insider trading charges. federal prosecutors in manhattan accused the new york congress member, his son and another man of securities and wire fraud. charged with exploiting secret drug trial information from the australian pharmaceutical company. collins vowed last night he will continue his run for re-election in november. >> the charges that have been levied against me are meritless. i will mount a vigorous defense in court to clear my name. i look forward to being fully vindicated and exonerated ending any and all questions relating to my affiliation with innate. >> the company where collins was on the board of directors.
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he was the first sitting congress member to endorse donald trump for the white house. collins' indictment turns another safe republican seat into a battleground. the white house legal team says it has sent a counteroffer to special counsel robert mueller on a possible interview with the president. the president's lawyers are rejecting the terms for the narrow scope for questioning. they do not want the president facing questions of obstruction. here is giuliani talking to sean hannity. >> stop the nonsense. you are trying to trap him into perjury because you don't have a case. >> giuliani called the first offer a good attempt faith to reach an agreement. mueller has all of the information he needs to wrap up the case within weeks. >> we do not want to run into the november elections. back up from that. this should be over with september 1st. we have now given him an answer. he obviously should take a few days to consider it. we should get this resolved.
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>> giuliani says the trump legal team says this should wrap up before the november election. he believes republicans will benefit if the probe drags into november. >> it probably won't be done in three weeks. just a guess. prosecutors in the bank and tax fraud trial of paul manafort expect to rest the case against the former campaign boss on friday. the defense will present its side. 18 witnesses have testified. notably rick gates. manafort's ex-deputy and former adviser to the trump campaign. also taking the stand is a former irs agent on how manafort avoided paying taxes on millions of dollars. we have more now from cnn's kara scannell. >> reporter: follow the money. witnesses from the fbi and irs walked the jury through documents, e-mails and bank
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accounts to show the path of the money which flowed from ukraine business men to manafort's accounts. they showed bank account statements manafort signed. his passport photo included in the bank accounts. and showing funds which flew to u.s. vendors. the jury heard from those early in the week and last week detailing he paid for a mercedes-benz and ostrich jacket. and several other expensive real estate properties. the jury heard from prosecutors in total that meant manafort did not pay tax on $15 million. that is a key part of the case. prosecutors told the judge they have eight more witnesses to call. they could wrap by the end of the week. christine, phil. >> kara, thank you. the trump administration set to slap a new round of sanctions on russia as the punishment for the poisoning of former russian spy and his daughter. the state department says the sanctions are required under international law. banning the use of biological and chemical weapons. the first round of sanctions set
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to go in effect in two weeks. let's bring in correspondent matthew chance. live in moscow. the response is predictable. they say they did not do this and the united states is doing this for political reasons. >> reporter: yes, the kremlin have yet to react. there is a conference call under way and shortly will get word to the official response. russian diplomats have been speaking about this and repeated the russian line this is absurd. they had nothing to do with the skripal poisoning which took place with the novichok poisoning in britain in march. and you know that is the line i expect we will hear from the kremlin as well. whatever they are con -- whenever they are confronted with these allegations, they usually deny it. to some extent, sanctions from the u.s. based on anti-chemical weapons legislation was unexpected. it came out of the blue. there is a heightened
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expectation of sanctions from the u.s., but congressional sanctions to punish russia for the alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. in that sense, these have come out of the blue. it all comes out of this feverish political atmosphere in the united states clearly after the performance of donald trump in helsinki with the summit with president putin where he is perceived as coming off weak compared to the russian leader. pressure is building in the united states to take a tougher line. christine. >> matthew chance in moscow. thanks. firefighters making head way on the mendocino complex fire. the largest fire in state's history. the fire scorched 302,000 acres. more than 100 homes have been destroyed. the inferno is now 47% contained. we have stephanie elam with
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more from colusa, california. >> reporter: we're on the front edge of the mendocino fire. the front edge. that blaze there is part of the firefighters starting here. the controlled burn. they doing this to burn out the fuel here because as the winds pick up in the afternoon and humidity drops, that fire on the other side of the ridge behind that fire could spread. they are trying to make a stand here to stop this fire from growing any further. this fire is huge, but why has it been able to grow so big? >> the first priority is protecting the communities and homes. we have to use a naturally occurring feature to help us control the fire. >> a bulldozer line coming through or along a creek or ridge? these are things you look for to be your wall of defense to stop the fire? >> correct. we use existing roads or ridge lines or other features. to help conduct the bulldozing
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lines and hand lines. >> reporter: adding fuel to the fire season, the national oceanic atmospheric administration says july was the hottest month on record in california history. those dry and warm conditions creating the perfect storm. stephanie elam, cnn. >> thank you. how real the scale is of the fires across the state. holy fire in southern california triggering a new round of evacuations as flames reaches dengs al -- reach residential areas. officials are battling the blaze from both the air and land. at this hour, the fire is only 5% contained. in the meantime, a 51-year-old man accused of setting the destructive wildfire is expected to appear in court today. watch this. here is what that man, forrest gordon clark talking to a free chance cameraman on -- freelance
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cameraman on monday before his arrest. >> i have no idea. i was asleep. i just woke up, dude. i got burned. >> clark sent an e-mail last week saying quote this place will burn. clark faces a number of charges. including suspicion of felony arson. china releasing a statement saying the u.s. has a mobster mentality. it is retaliating with $16 billion of tariffs on u.s. goods. china has no choice but to fight back. so far, china has threatened up to $110 billion of u.s. goods. president trump has also threatened to target everything the u.s. buys from china. $500 billion.
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five suspects accused of the kids were training them to commit school shootings. the compound appeared to have an improvised shooting range and firearms. an attorney for one of the suspects denied the allegations. all five pleaded not guilty to child abuse on wednesday. they are scheduled for another hearing next week. authorities are still trying to determine if the remains they found belong to a missing 4-year-old georgia boy. that search led authorities to the complex. newly released chilling video of the parkland school shooter's confession. an interrogation video released by prosecutors showing the 19-year-old accused of shooting the teachers and students. he says he hears voices and punches himself in the case and repeatedly says he wants to die. cnn's rosa flores has the story. >> reporter: released video of the school shooter nikolas cruz interrogated hours after he shot and killed people and injured others.
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shows him barefoot in a hospital gown and answering questions for hours. >> how you got to the school. >> reporter: the video shows him at times acting erratically murmuring to himself. about wanting to die. forming his hand into the shape of a gun and putting to his head. >> [ bleep ]. [ bleep ]. i want to die. >> reporter: at one point, cruz breaks down and sobs after the investigators grant the request to speak to his younger brother. then he appears to laugh. >> why did do you this? don't laugh. >> reporter: cruz said he carried out the mass shooting at the direction of the demonic
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voice in his head. telling him to do evil things. >> burn, kill, destroy. >> reporter: the narrative did not seem to sit well with the broward county detective. >> i don't believe there is a voice. >> reporter: growing agitated, cruz demanded an attorney ending the five-hour interrogation. the claim he was directed to carry out mass murder on valentine's day at parkland high school by demonic voices in his head is in contrast to the boastful videos he made days before the shooting. videos in way he talked about his sinister plans. cnn chose not to air those videos after the shooting. now that he has introduced a possible line of defense, we believe the videos provide a fuller context to his mind set and motivation. >> location is stoneman douglas.
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>> reporter: rosa flores, cnn, miami. to california, the appeals court rejected the appeal of the stanford swimmer convicted of sexual assault. brock turner's attorney claims there was insufficient evidence to support high schos convictio assaulting an unconscious woman in 2015. he was ordered six months in jail by the judge although prosecutors pushed for a six-year sentence. in the end, turner served three months behind bars because of overcrowding. the sentence was deemed too lenient and that resulted in a recall to remove aaron persky. ncaa announcing policy changes in the wake of the corruption probe. andy scholes will break it all down for us in the bleacher report next.
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agents to advise them, but no financial respect. if the player enters the nba draft and goes undrafted, that player can return to school. the responsibility of who determines who is a quote elite player has been put on usa basketball. according to espn, they were blind sided by the announcement and want no part of ranking young players. both of the rules won't matter much if the nba gets rid of the one-and-done rule. they are discussing, but not expected to happen until 2022 at the earliest. lebron james the last great high school player to make the jump to the nba. yesterday, he gave us the first look of women wearing the new lakers uniform. a picture of him doing a photo shoot. he is rocking kobe bryant's shoe. we know where and when lebron makes his lakers debut. lakers open the season october 18th in portland. that game on tnt. lebron's first home game in l.a.
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i will mount a vigorous defense in court to clear my name. >> a sitting congress member indicted for insider trading creating another midterm headache for the gop. trying to trap him into perjury because you don't have a case. >> president trump's lawyers rejecting robert mueller's terms for a sit-down interview in the russia investigation. russia responding to a new round of sanctions. we go live to moscow. do you know how the fire started? >> i have no idea. i was asleep. >> police say that man started a destructive wildfire in california that is still raging out of control. welcome back to "early start." i'm phil mattingly. >> i'm christine romans.
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representative chris collins refusing to step down after indictment on insider trading charges. federal prosecutors in manhattan accused the new york congress member, his son and another man of securities and wire fraud. collins vowed last night he will continue his run for re-election in november. >> the charges that have been levied against me are meritless. i will mount a vigorous defense in court to clear my name. i look forward to being fully vindicated and exonerated ending any and all questions relating to my affiliation with innate. >> that is where collins was on the board of directors. he was the first sitting congress member to endorse donald trump's run for the white house. this turns another safe republican seat into a
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battleground. the white house legal team says it has sent a counteroffer to special counsel robert mueller on a possible interview with the president. sources tell cnn that the president's lawyers are rejecting the terms for the narrow scope for questioning. they do not want the president facing questions of obstruction. here is giuliani talking to sean hannity. >> stop the nonsense. you are trying to trap him into perjury because you don't have a case. >> giuliani called the first offer a good attempt faith to reach an agreement. mueller has all of the information he needs to wrap up the case within weeks. >> we do not want to run into the november elections. back up from that. this should be over with september 1st. we have now given him an answer. he obviously should take a few days to consider it. we should get this resolved. >> giuliani says the trump legal team says this should wrap up before the november election.
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he believes republicans will benefit if the probe drags into november. prosecutors in the bank and tax fraud trial of paul manafort expect to rest the case against the former campaign boss on friday. the defense will present its case. 18 witnesses have testified. notably rick gates. manafort's ex-deputy and former adviser to the trump campaign. also taking the stand is a former irs agent on how manafort avoided paying taxes on millions of income. we have more from cnn's kara scannell. >> reporter: follow the money. that's what prosecutors asked the jury to do in the document heavy day. witnesses from the fbi and irs walked the jury through documents, e-mails and bank accounts from the ukraine to manafort's accounts. they showed bank account statements manafort signed. his passport photo included in the bank accounts.
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and showing funds which flew to u.s. vendors. the jury heard from those early in the week and last week detailing he paid for a mercedes-benz and ostrich jacket. bought several expensive real estate properties. the jury heard from prosecutors in total that meant manafort did not pay tax on $15 million. that is a key part of the case. prosecutors told the judge they have eight more witnesses to call. they could wrap by the end of the week. christine, phil. >> kara, thank you. i think she has been living in virginia over the last few weeks. thank you very much. the trump administration set to slap a new round of sanctions on russia as the punishment for the poisoning of former russian spy and his daughter. the state department says the sanctions are required under international law. banning the use of chemical and biological weapons. the first round of sanctions set to go in effect in two weeks. let's bring in correspondent matthew chance. live in moscow.
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whath -- matthew, it is no secret the tension here. what is the reaction to moscow? >> reporter: phil, this will come as a major surprise to many here in moscow and authorities here because there is a lot of expectations of new sanctions from the united states. they would be congressional sanctions. they are debated right now in the u.s. they would focus on punishing russia for the alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. to use anti-chemical weapons legislation by the trump administration, not congress, is unexpected. the reactions so far has been predictable by the russian diplomats saying this is an example of the theater of the absurd in the united states. there is no clue or no proof or logic. they are restating this russia position that russia had
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absolutely nothing to do with the poisoning of the skripals in the united kingdom. and the u.s. sanctions are totally illegitimate. what we have to remember is this all comes out of the feverish political atmosphere that is at play in the united states, particularly after the summit in helsinki between president trump and president putin of russia which president trump is perceived as weak compared to the russian leader. it shows how much pressure there is building in the u.s. right now to adopt a much tougher stance toward the kremlin. it comes from that, phil. >> a lot of pressure. this is the first round. a second round of sanctions could be triggered in a couple of months. matthew, thank you. >> let's bring in zach wolf live from washington. good morning. on the subject of the sanctions on russia, it is as if we have
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said on a split screen. the white house reluctantly imposing sanctions on a regime that -- we are not talking about the mueller interview. the russia sanctions. you have senator rand paul presenting a letter of introduction of donald trump to vladimir putin. two different optics. >> very different optics. coming on the same day. the other element, you assume the white house would rather impose sanctions for chemical weapons than election meddling. that is the thing that president trump thinks is delegitimizing his entire presidency. he would rather do chemical weapons. this is like something out of di dickens. something you don't hear about much. slapping russia with sanctions on the same day. not the kind of thing we heard
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about from previous administrations. >> i love the 5:30 a.m. dickens drop. i want to talk about the tactics from the president's legal team. i want to play sound from last night. alan dershowitz on what the strategy is here. take a listen. >> they will make mueller an offer he cannot accept. in the end, mueller will say i cannot accept this offer. we will subpoena you. the president will say, i wanted to testify. it was mueller who turned me down. >> so zach, is that the play here? are they not serious about the actual offer? this is a ploy to push further and never actually sit down? >> from the sound you played of rudy giuliani earlier, i'm not sure what they want. he seems to think they have a strong hand if they went into the kind of supreme court over the subpoena. this is the main story heading into the november election. on the other hand, he says you
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can get it done. they would like it both ways here. and it is very muddled to what they want. by not taking the offer, they are certainly making sure that this is going to drag on. they are pushing it into november at this point. >> let's talk about chris collins. this was a bombshell yesterday. for those of us who cover markets and trading and sometimes insider trading, this looks like a textbook do not do. he sits on the board of a company. he gets word the company's main source of revenue, potential revenue, the drug trial will fail. on the white house grounds, he calls his son, six or seven times and he sells the stock to mitigate his losses. according to the government. how damaging is this to him? and how damaging is it for the gop in november? >> you know, i think we have to see. he promises he will run for
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re-election. we have to -- >> he says he didn't do it. >> we have to remember that. although, the way they laid out the case yesterday was pretty damning. you know, this is an interesting thing heading forward. you know, i don't know how damaging it will be to the gop. simply because so much other things are going on. what is interesting to me is that we had so many examples of the sort of swamp mentality going on. this is maybe the swampiest thing. >> i did not realize congress member -- he is the only one that sits on the board. >> he stepped down from the board. >> while are you an american lawmaker, that seems on its face a conflikon flikconflict. >> particularly on the house committee which he was stripped of. i don't know. >> stay tuned. >> zach, thank you. disturbing details emerge
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firefighters in california making head way on the mendocino complex fire. the largest fire in state history. the fire scorched 302,000 acres. more than 100 homes have been destroyed. the inferno is now 47% contained. we have stephanie elam with the latest from colusa, california. >> reporter: we're on the front edge of the mendocino fire. the front edge. that blaze there is part of the firefighters starting here. the controlled burn. they are doing this to burn out the fuel here as the winds pick up in the afternoon and the
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humidity drops, that fire on the other side of the ridge behind that fire could spread. they are trying to make a stand here to stop this fire from growing any further. this fire is huge, but why has it been able to grow so big? >> the first priority is protecting the communities and homes. secondly, in building control lines, we have to use a naturally occurring geographical feature to stop the fire. >> a bulldozer line coming through or along a creek or ridge? these are things you look for to be your wall of defense to stop the fire? >> correct. we use existing roads or ridge lines or other features. to conduct the bulldozer line and hand lines. >> reporter: adding fuel to the fire season, the national oceanic atmospheric administration says july was the hottest month on record in california history. those dry and warm conditions creating the perfect storm. stephanie elam, cnn, colusa
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county, california. thank you, stephanie. the holy fire triggering a new round of evacuations as flames inch closer to residential areas. 20,000 people have been ordered to leave. officials are battling the blaze from the air and land. at this point, the fire is 5% contained. in the meantime, a 51-year-old man an kuccused of setting the is scheduled to appear in court today. here is the man, forrest gordon clark, talking to a cameraman on monday. two days before his arrest. >> do you know how the fire started? >> i have no idea. i was asleep. i had earplugs in. i just woke up, dude. i got burned. >> a local fire official says clark sent him an e-mail warning this place will burn. disturbing details emerge
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from the filthy new mexico compound which was raided by the fbi. the suspects had a improvised shooting range. an attorney for one of the suspects denied the allegations. all five pleaded not guilty to child abuse on wednesday. and a former stanford swimmer's lawyer argued there was insufficient evidence to support the conviction of assaulting an unconscienkoconsc in 2015. he was ordered to six months in jail. in the end, turner served three months behind bars because of overcrowding. the sentence drew an outcry from critics who called it too lenient. it eventually led to a recall for the judge. and the nasdaq closed higher
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last. >> it is tough to launch a business that shoots up like a rocket ship, but hasn't completely got the business model right. you know, our vision is to get millions of people back into the theater, but you cannot do that long term if you don't have a sustainable business model. we had to fine tune the model as we go. we now have the right model. >> they burn through $20 million in may under the old model. it will limit customers to three movies per month. previously it was one movie a day. you know, there were frequent flyers. 15% of customers who exceed -- would who see a lot of movies. >> let's see if they can do it. coming up, the late night kmo comedian's stunt that led to an fbi investigation. and is your iphone spying on you? apple's response just ahead. i'll take that. [cheers]
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now more businesses, in more places, can afford to dream gig. comcast, building america's largest gig-speed network. a government investigation reveals there was no cyber attack against the fcc web site last year. instead, blame the incident on john oliver fans. in may of 2017, the web site was crippled by a surge of traffic. that surge took place after the host called on his viewers to express views on net neutrality. >> i'm calling upon all of you, the internet time wasters and troublemak troublemakers. join me in five minutes of minor effort. i need you to do this. simply go to the url and tell
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the fc kroirc to preserve the n neutrality. >> the time wasters had traffic sp spiking. that caused a service disruption. the chief information officer described the incidents as a denial of cyber attacks. that triggered calls for congress for an investigation. the motion picture academy announcing changes to the oscars. the ceremony making room for the year's biggest blockbusters by adding a new category for achievement in popular film. the academy hopes to attract more viewers following a slump in ratings for the past few years. siri, are you spewi-- are y spying on me? apple says third party app developers do not have access to
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data. this is all after a similar letter was sent to google. it is not sure anyone believes them because it is a myth your phone is spying on you. stephen colbert getting in a little fun at the expense of chris collins. >> cbs news has footage of collins on the phone at the picnic. there he is in the circle on the phone presumably calling his son. now, while cbs news has acquired the video, the late show has acquired the audio. jim, enhance. >> hello? se sell! sell! this is chris collins. we'll never get caught. sell! >> according -- it is hard to hear. i think he is saying sell. >> i'm so surprised.
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sitting on the board of the drug company while also on the committee that oversees such things. >> it raises questions. >> i'm christine romans. >> i'm phil mattingly. "new day" starts now. >> if he needs the president to testify then we will proceed to do that. >> you obstruct justice and you don't sit in a chair it takes a lot longer. >> time is on mueller's side, not president trump's. >> there is no question he was handling the logistics. >> they want to strike at his redabilit credibility. >> he gave the government what he needed to have. >> this is "new day." welcome to our viewers in the united states and around

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